22nd February 2009

Church Update Notices

Collections

The Offertory Collection last weekend realised £527.05 and the Special Collection for the work of Catholic Education, £214.03. Grateful thanks to all who contributed.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and is a day of Fasting and Abstinence.            Mass 10.00 am Mass 7.00 pm

Ashes will be blessed and distributed at both Masses. It is also the start of the Easter Duty period, which requires Catholics to receive Holy Communion and, if necessary, go to Confession.

Lenten Alms Box will be in the church throughout Lent. Proceeds will go to charities of the Cardinal’s choice. SCIAF Lenten Boxes are available in the Hall.

A Plenary Indulgence may be gained by those who devoutly make the Way of the Cross.

Thank you to the Music and Movement Group for a further donation of £25.

Reminders: The Pastoral Council will meet in the Hall this evening at 7.00 pm and the Fabric & Finance Committee, next Sunday (1st March) at 6.00 pm

Tea & Coffee will be served in the Hall after Mass next Sunday…….. All welcome!

Fr Forrest will celebrate his Golden Jubilee on 14th March

In your charity, please remember;

Mgr. Brennan and Mary Allison [McAllister]Danny Burns, Patsy Cadden, Veronica Forrest, David Hogg, George McCallum, Gordon McFarlane and all the sick and housebound.

Mary Cannon and Peter Malarky, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Maria Corvi and Helen Ward-Birkby who died recently.

Mass Intentions

  • VIGIL: Mary Cannon
  • SUNDAY: People of the Parish
  • TUESDAY: Annie Haggerty
  • ASH WEDNESDAY: [morning]: Russell McAllister [evening]: Jimmy White
  • THURSDAY: FRIDAY: Mary Allison
  • SATURDAY: Peter Malarky

World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer Scottish Committee and Christian women of Papua Guinea, invite you to share in prayer and worship with people from all over the world.

This year the Bo’ness prayer and worship, is being hosted by The Salvation Army, Corbiehall, Bo’ness on Friday 6th of March. The Service will commence at 7:30pm.

The theme chosen for the World Day of prayer 2009, “In Christ There Are Many Members, Yet One Body”. Discover the warm welcome that awaits you

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Fellowship of the Least Coin.

The idea for the Fellowship of the Least Coin emerged as a vision from God to Mrs. Shanti Solomon of India. In September 1956, she was part of the Pacific Mission Team of seven women from different countries that travelled in Asian countries after World War II. It was organized by Dr. Margaret Shannon of the National Office of Presbyterian women in the U.S.

When Shanti Solomon was refused a visa to Korea in the middle of the trip, she went to the Philippines to wait. While there, she reflected on the experiences of their travel in the war-torn countries of Asia and the national and economic barriers that kept women apart. 

Upon the return of the team, she suggested that prayer could transcend every national boundary. She challenged the Christian women of Asia and of the Presbyterian Church of the U.S. to launch a project of Christian prayer and positive action in which every woman could participate, no matter her economic position.

Every time a woman prayed she was to set aside a "least coin" of her currency. It was an encouragement to the women of the team to demonstrate their unity, in Christian faith, regardless of their country or economic circumstances. They all accepted it as a way to express their solidarity with suffering humanity and with women of every nation.

You are invited to participate with the Christian women of every continent, be it a penny to a pound. There will be a collection plate in the Church hall to place your contribution. The collection will be taken down to the service on the 6th of March and the collated collection of Bo’ness will be sent to the Scottish Treasurer: Mrs Helen Galloway, Kirkcaldy.

Message from International Executive Secretary.

On behalf of the ICFLC and all the women children and communities who feel the love of God through the prayers and Least Coins this year. I thank you and all the FLC women of Scotland from the bottom of my heart.

It is through faithful, hopeful and loving women that we can make a difference in our world. We are specially reaching out to the people of Burma through prayers and the FLC emergency fund.

I pray that the women of Scotland will feel their lives being spiritually blessed by thoughts of God’s love flowing through them.

With love and prayers.

Corazon Tabing-Reyes

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